UGC targets 30% enrolment in higher education by 2020

The University Grants Commission has set a target to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education to 30 per cent by 2020 from the present 25.4 per cent, UGC Chairman Prof D.P Singh said.

The UGC has also set certain objectives to improve the quality of higher education in institutions, he said.

"The number of students enrolled in higher education system has gone up to about 3.66 crore in 2017-18. The GER rose to 25.4 per cent in 2017-18, while the aim is to increase it to 30 per cent by 2020," Singh told.

GER is the ratio of students enrolled in the age group of 18-23 years to the population in that age group.

Singh said the UGC has also recently chalked out some objectives for improving the quality of learning in higher education institutions (HEIs).

"The objectives include regular revision of curriculum with clearly specified learning outcomes and soft skills, enabling youth to secure access to employment/self-employment, developing social-industry connect, availability of motivated teachers and accreditation to ensure qualitative self- improvement in HEIs," he said.